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Decorating and colour trends 2023, habitat plus

Welcome – Over the past few years, we've been spending much more time at home – and it’s become clearer than ever what an effect our decorating can have on our mood and psyche.

If you’ve decided your white walls are boring, that things are starting to feel stale or your design no longer meets you and your family’s needs or priorities, it’s time for a new look. But what if you’re not sure where to start?

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Whether you're building new, moving or simply looking to redecorate your home to better suit your personality and lifestyle, we’ve rounded up the best of the best paint and decorating ideas in this habitat plus to help inspire your next project. Sorted by mood and theme, it’s easy to find Resene paint colours, wood stains and wallpaper designs to suit every style and taste. Adapt the ideas and colour combinations to suit your own quick weekend refresh, a new feature to indulge your favourite Resene colours or a total home makeover.

We hope this habitat plus will help inspire creative ideas of your own. We’d love to see what you create – and perhaps your creativity might be just the clever idea someone else needs to get inspired to start their own decorating project.

Happy decorating!
The Resene and habitat teams

2022 Trend Spotter Look for this 'trend spotter' symbol to find out where you can learn more about another hot trend shown elsewhere in this book.

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Slow spaces

Slow spaces

In an increasingly challenging and uncertain world, spaces where you can wind down, take a load off and minimise stress are more popular than ever... more

Natural healing

Natural healing

Research is showing that incorporating nature into the built environment can improve comfort, reduce stress and potentially contribute to improved health... more

Fortune favours the bold

Fortune favours the bold

As a remedy to boring walls, spaces with bold and graphic painted elements surfaced as a significant trend during lockdowns... more

Turning back time

Turning back time

Colours, textures and materials that reflect a collective sense of nostalgia are a significant current design trend, and it’s understandable why... more

Glamour and darks

Glamour and darks

Don’t be afraid of the dark. Used with some thought, dark colours can create spaces that are inviting, sumptuous and luxe without being overbearing or stuffy... more

Contemporary classics

Contemporary classics

The reason some interior styles become classics is because they’re able to be adapted to suit contemporary colour trends and ways of living... more

Citrus burst

Citrus burst

Sharper, brighter colours are often the ones we turn to following periods of upheaval and discomfort – so it’s no surprise that bright and bold citrus shades are back in favour... more

Tactile textures

Tactile textures

Textured finishes, whether achieved through a Resene paint effect or wallpaper soften the edge of a space and make it more comfortable and appealing to be in... more

Beautiful brushstrokes

Beautiful brushstrokes

One trend that’s big right now is the brushstroke look where you can add bold strokes of paint in a different shade over your base wall colour... more

Wood works

Wood works

Back in the day wood finishes in interiors seemed to come in one solid dark brown stain that covered the wood completely. No more... more

Tropical touches

Tropical touches

In a time when travel has been limited, adding tropical theme accents and art to your home can invoke the holiday feelings of relaxation, inspiration, exploration and adventure... more

Outstanding outdoors

Outstanding outdoors

Some of the most popular interior colour and design styles are also finding their way to our home exteriors, as we aim for seamless transitions between inside and out... more

Other trends

Other trends

View a collection of interior design trends and gain inspiration for your home decorating projects... more

Stylists' colour loves

Stylists' colour loves

Twelve stylists share their favourite Resene colours in the Resene The Range fashion collection... more

Cover look

Cover look

Soothing shades and natural finishes are two trends that work well together. Wall in Resene Breathless (top half) and Resene Duck Egg Blue (lower half), floor in Resene Colorwood Breathe Easy, skirting board in Resene Breathless, rattan pendant in Resene Colorwood Whitewash, bedside table and bench in Resene Half Duck Egg Blue, planter in Resene Teal Blue and vase in Resene Undercurrent. Bedlinen, cushion and throw from Small Acorns.

Contributing stylists: Gem Adams, Kate Alexander, Amber Armitage, Shelby George, Megan Harrison-Turner, Laura Lynn Johnston, Annick Larkin, Vanessa Nouwens, Emily Somerville-Ryan, Leigh Stockton, Melle van Sambeek.

Contributing photographers: Bryce Carleton, Simon Devitt, Wendy Fenwick, John Foster, Melanie Jenkins, Dennis Radermacher, Eve Razey, Studio South.

Selected photos courtesy of Bossley Architects, Cove Construction, Day Architects, Izzard Design, JWA Architects, Nood, SGA (Strachan Group Architects), Totem Studio Architects.

 

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